BN104 - Operating Systems

Credit Points: 15

Prerequisite: N/A

Co-requisite: N/A

Workload: 48 contact hours

Campus: Melbourne, Sydney

Aims & Objectives

This is a core unit out of a total of 24 units in the Bachelor of Networking (BNet). This unit addresses the BNet course learning outcomes and complements other courses in a related field by developing students’ knowledge and skills in operating systems. For further course information refer to: This unit is part of the AQF Level 7 (BNet) course.

This unit provides students with an overview of the functionality of Operating Systems, and their relationship with computer operations.  Students will be presented with the main components of an Operating System, and how they cooperate with the hardware to provide a range of services.  The discussions will include some ski lls and techniques to use operating systems such as Windows and Unix/Linux. This unit will cover the following areas:This unit will cover the following topics:

  1. Operating system principles
  2. Process management, scheduling and dispatching
  3. Deadlock, device management
  4. User Interface and Introduction to Unix/Linux
  5. Virtualisation and cloud computing
  6. Android Operating systems

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Report on the basics, and provide examples, of operating systems structure and functionality, including memory allocation, virtual memory, demand paging and process and device management.
  2. Describe the integration of hardware, operating systems and application software.
  3. Explain in detail the functioning of some devices such as peripherals (e.g. printers and network connections).
  4. Discuss the most common file systems structure and technology.
  5. Explain the concept of user interfaces and their role in the functionality of an OS.
  6. Demonstrate competency in the use of a command line interface to operate with and manage an OS such as UNIX, and perform simple UNIX (Linux) administration.
  7. Support and troubleshoot operating systems and applications at an introductory level.

Teaching Method

Lecture: 2 hours
Tutorial/Workshop: 2 hours
Face to Face


Assessment Task
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Midterm Test a,b*10%
Assignment 1a-c*10%
Assignment 2a-g*20%
Laboratory participation & submissiona-g*10%
Final Examination (2 hours)a-g*50%
Total 100%

*refer to learning outcomes above.


  • A. McHoes and I. M. Flynn, Understanding operating systems, 7th ed., Boston: Cengage Learning,  November 2013

Reference Reading

  • G. Tomsho, Guide to Operating Systems, 5th ed., Boston: Cengage Learning, 2016
  • A. S. Tanenbaum, Modern Operating System, 4th ed., Essex: Pearson Education Limited, 2015

MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry.
The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit are as follows:

Ability to communicateIndependent and Lifelong LearningEthicsAnalytical and Problem SolvingCultural and Global AwarenessTeamwork Cooperation, Participation and LeadershipSpecialist knowledge of a field of study


Colour coding    

Extent covered

                               The standard  is covered by theory and practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students always play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, demonstrations, tests, examinations
 The standard is covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students mostly play an active role, e.g. discussions, reading, intepreting documents, tests, examinations
 The standard is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations 
 The standard is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by  activities such as lectures or tutorials
 The standard  is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this standard